Special Occasions

10 Perfect Places to Get Engaged in Orlando

By Courtney Capellan  If you’re looking for a truly spectacular place to get engaged in Orlando, there are plenty of possibilities to choose from. Hot Air Balloon Popping the question–with fire above and the wind in your hair–will be the ultimate romantic adventure. There’s no short supply of hot air balloon companies offering customizable experiences in Orlando. Be sure to arrange a flight that ... Read More »

10 Best Places to Dine with Sunset Views in Orlando

Sunsets make us swoon. Few would argue that. So, when an Orlando Date Night Guide reader recently reached out and asked me to write a blog about where to dine with sunset views in Orlando (thank you, Ian), I was thrilled to comply. I love a good sunset, too! Being landlocked, we Orlandonians don’t get the pleasure of watching the ... Read More »

7 Disney Date Night Ideas – Outside of the Parks

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Plan a perfect Disney date night; no park admission necessary! By Erica Thomas Don’t write off the famous mouse as nothing more than a tourist attraction for families and children. Mickey and Minnie have many date night possibilities to offer local lovebirds. Check out our selection of Disney date night ideas you can enjoy without paying park admission. The Boathouse ... Read More »

Made in Orlando: A Local Orlando Gift Guide

Our Orlando gift guide to sweet swag that’s available in local shops or made by artisans. By Samantha Rosenthal From Valentine’s Day to birthdays to anniversaries, surprise your sweetie with something local. Check out our gift guide for some mega thoughtful ideas! Orlando Made Found in Local Orlando Stores Read More »

10 Tips for Having a Perfect Dr. Phillips Center Date Night

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since the Dr. Phillips Center first flung open its doors and gave Orlando a spectacular new place to experience the performing arts. Since November 2014, the Dr. Phillips Center has hosted over 280 productions, including Broadway musicals, chart-topping musicians, comedians, ballets, jazz ensembles and symphonies. It is such a wonderful addition ... Read More »

Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Orlando

Recently, WHERE Orlando magazine published a fabulous article about seven of Orlando’s top places to enjoy dinner or drinks on a rooftop. With Fall on the horizon, so are cooler nights, which means the perfect time is nearly here to plan some alfresco date nights with spectacular, starlit views. WHERE’s article gave a shout-out to places like Capa at the Four Seasons Resort ... Read More »

The Chef’s Table at Osprey Tavern is an Elegant Indulgence

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Upon entry to Baldwin Park’s new restaurant The Osprey Tavern, a world of epicurean decadence unfolds around you. Achieving a unique flair of Parisian fine dining and classic pub tenor, The Osprey presents discerning diners with a gourmet selection of seasonally inspired, farm-to-table shareables and plates along with expertly crafted cocktails, fine wine and beer. The Chef’s Table is the ... Read More »

The Chef’s Table at Highball and Harvest

Here’s an irrefutable fact about dining trends: we want to be closer to our food. And not just because we’re valuing craft and quality more than ever, but because we crave the story and the humanity behind what we eat. Which is why I think chef’s tables are taking off like wildfire. A good chef’s table is more than a ... Read More »

Rock Out at Wine Riffs: Orlando’s Coolest Wine Dinner

The Hard Rock Hotel hosts Wine Riffs, a food, wine and music pairing that’s taking wine dinners to an entirely new level. As wine paired dinners increase in popularity, chefs and sommeliers are constantly trying to raise the bar to entice guests with something new. The food, the plating, the presence of wine experts who can transport you to regions ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day on a Shoestring

9 Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ with $30 or Less **UPDATED FOR 2016** You don’t need a big wallet to celebrate Valentine’s Day… just a big heart! For those looking for some budget-friendly suggestions, here are 9 to consider for this February 14th in Orlando. 1. Free Music Festival  Orlando locals will gather at the Mennello Museum of American Art for the Indie ... Read More »

Orlando’s Valentine’s Day Spa Packages 2015

Looking for a relaxing, romantic, stress-free Valentine’s celebration? Here’s your special Valentine’s Spa Guide! Pamper your date (and yourself!) with these ultra romantic Orlando area spa packages! *NEW*  Blue Harmony Spa at Wyndham Grand Valid thru February Blue Harmony Spa Many luxurious packages to choose from! “Something Sweet For Her” includes Whoopie! Hand Cream, Triple Shot Caramel Coffee Sugar Scrub ... Read More »

50 Things to do for Valentine’s Day in Orlando 2015

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2016 GUIDE TO VALENTINE’S DAY IN ORLANDO Our most romantic holiday of the year is almost upon us, which means it’s time to start planning your perfect Valentine’s experience. Whether you’re thinking dinner, a fun event or maybe a combination of both, you will find no lack of ideas for Valentine’s Day in Orlando. MAKE ... Read More »

Shari Sushi’s Omakase Chef’s Table Experience

Lara Gould won the October Couple at Large giveaway, which means she and her date were sent to experience the Chef’s Table at Shari Sushi Lounge. Here’s what she said about the experience: When we arrived at Shari, we were taken to an intimate table on the upper level with only a few other tables. We could see over mostly ... Read More »

Our Holiday Date Night Gift Guide

Do we all really need more stuff?? I have a hunch that many of the couples on your list would love an experience over a thing. So, consider giving them a date night gift, one that sends them out on the town for some quality time. And if the couple you’re giving a date night experience to has kids, think about ... Read More »

Spa + Dinner Date Night at Orlando’s Grand Bohemian Hotel

Check out this ultra luxurious date night beginning with a couple’s massage at the Grand Bohemian Hotel’s Poseidon Spa followed by dinner at The Boheme. I blog a lot about free and under $30 date night ideas because let’s face it, getting a deal is fabulous and not everyone has the budget for a big night out. But there are ... Read More »

The Chef’s Table at Luma: A Date Night Must, At Least Once

We booked our spot at Luma’s Chef Table two months ago and then waited patiently for the day (also our 10-year anniversary) to arrive. We’d heard it was good, “epic” in fact, but only a few details whetted our appetite: seven to nine courses, all crafted from the chef’s whimsy and served at a kitchen-side table where chef/owner Brandon McGlamery ... Read More »

Top Orlando Restaurants for Special Occasions

There are times when dinner is designed to impress. Maybe you’re about to pop the big question or you’re celebrating a big anniversary, but regardless of the occasion, you need a culinary experience that’s going to offer some major wow-factor. Here are a few suggestions for those big nights: The Venetian Room Expect to be doted on like you’re an A-list ... Read More »